Monday, December 31, 2012

Start your skin out right in 2013!

My biggest pet peeve?......Wearing your makeup to bed!...... Wash your face at night!!!
Don’t worry: It’s not too late. Here, we break down your bad skin habits and show you how to avoid them—and look 10 years younger.

Skipping sunscreen

The No. 1 way you’re aging your skin? Not wearing sunscreen daily.
“The sun is the primary cause of skin aging,” says Neil Sadick, MD, a New York City–based dermatologist. The sun can reach you on cloudy, rainy, or snowy days as well. Plus, Dr. Sadick adds, “skin-damaging UV rays can penetrate through glass, so you need to apply sun protection even indoors.”
He suggests choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which blocks both types of UV rays, UVA and UVB, with an SPF of at least 30. Antioxidant-fortified formulas containing ingredients such as resveratrol, vitamin C, idebenone, or coffee berry can offer additional protection.

Neglecting your hands and neck

Your face isn’t the only area that needs a little TLC. Overexposure to sun affects your hands and neck just as much as your complexion. These areas show signs of aging, like dark spots, dryness, and loss of firmness, notes Dr. Sadick.
Treat your neck and the backs of your hands as you would your face by generously applying moisturizer and sunscreen. While you can buy body-specific products, they aren’t necessary. Those formulated for your face will work just fine, Dr. Sadick says.

Going to bed without removing your makeup

You may find it tempting to fall into bed after a busy day—or a late night on the town—without cleaning your face. But skipping a cleanser at night can lead to breakouts later.
During the day, environmental toxins (like dirt and pollution) build up on skin and invade pores, which can cause complexion problems, says Dr. Sadick. So don’t hit the sack before you wash. Use a good cleanser and save your skin. Keep a box of cleansing towelettes bedside for added convenience—simply swipe and sleep.

Ditching products too quickly

If you’re frustrated that your new anti-aging moisturizer isn’t doing its job, stick it out longer before switching. Bouncing from product to product may leave you with the impression that nothing works for your skin.
Dr. Jacob recommends that you give a new product at least six weeks to produce a change in your complexion. “One skin cycle takes 30 days [for new cells to reach the top layer of skin], so in order to see a real difference in texture, tone, and clarity, you need to use it for more than a month,” she says. If the product contains anti-aging ingredients, wait even longer. Your skin takes about four months to regenerate collagen and elastin, she says.

Using too many products at once

If a new moisturizer is good, then the combination of a new serum, toner, and night cream must be better, right?
Not so fast. If your skin gets irritated after you use a handful of new products, you won’t know what’s causing the problem and assume they’re all irritating. Instead, “start with one at a time, and integrate a new product every two weeks,” says Dr. Jacob. That way, you’ll be better able to identify what’s aggravating you, or know what combination of them makes your skin go haywire. Plus, you’ll also save some cash by buying only what you need.
Getting insufficient shut-eye can age skin prematurely—and, in the short run, result in dark circles and a lackluster complexion. During the day, our skin cells are battling against an onslaught of stressors, like UV rays and pollution. Sleep is vital because stress hormones drop to normal levels at night, giving cells time to repair and rejuvenate, says Dr. Jacob.
Plus, stress raises the levels of the hormone cortisol, which increases oil production and can lead to bouts of acne, according to Dr. Jacob. So make sure you’re not depriving yourself of the sleep you need.

Skimping on sleep

Getting insufficient shut-eye can age skin prematurely—and, in the short run, result in dark circles and a lackluster complexion. During the day, our skin cells are battling against an onslaught of stressors, like UV rays and pollution. Sleep is vital because stress hormones drop to normal levels at night, giving cells time to repair and rejuvenate, says Dr. Jacob.
Plus, stress raises the levels of the hormone cortisol, which increases oil production and can lead to bouts of acne, according to Dr. Jacob. So make sure you’re not depriving yourself of the sleep you need.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Running Shoes: Getting Healthy 2013

I buy new running shoes frequently. Love my Asics Gel-Noosa Tri-8!! If you are going to start any new exercise program to get healthy in 2013, start by buying new shoes designed for your particular workouts....i.e., running, aerobics, hiking, etc.
 Runners often push through the last few miles during a workout, but when it comes to replacing a pair of running shoes, those last few miles could be the catalyst for an injury. 
 “The shoes are really your first line of defense against a lot of injuries,” said Dr. Darrin Bright, medical director for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and the Capital City and Dublin’s Emerald City half-marathons.
“Every time your foot strikes the ground, four to five times your body weight has to be absorbed by your body.”
Shoes take some of the bullets for runners. Bright said the typical life of a well-built running shoe is 250 to 500 miles. When a shoe reaches that age, it has lost about 40 percent of its shock-absorbing capacity.
“If your shoes aren’t doing it, then it’s your shins, your knees and your hips,” Bright said.
But 250 to 500 miles is a big gap, Bright said, and there are plenty of other factors that help dictate the death of a shoe, such as running surfaces.
“Concrete is a little bit harder than some of the other surfaces we run on,” Bright said. “I think the ideal surface is more asphalt or a very hard, packed-down trail — it’s not quite as hard, and we don’t see the same forces.”
The stature of a runner also influences wear and tear, Bright said. People with larger frames who come down hard can wear out a shoe quickly. On the other hand (or foot, in this case), shoes belonging to light runners with quick gaits could last 500 miles.
Others measure their shoes’ life in months. Bright said, depending on how much a runner hits the trails, running shoes could last six to 12 months.
Bright has completed about 50 marathons and typically runs 50 to 70 miles a week. He replaces his shoes every six to eight weeks and writes on his new pair with a black Sharpie to remember when he bought them and when they should be discarded.
Running on a worn-down shoe can lead to injuries. Bright, the OhioHealth sports medicine physician at MAX Sports Medicine, said the injuries he worries about are shin splints, stress fractures, Achilles tendinitis and other strains. Stress fractures account for about 15 percent of all running injuries.
Some injuries build up over time. When a shoe is worn out, runners can often feel a new ache or pain that might indicate they need a new pair. But other acute injuries could happen without warning.
“I look at running shoes as more of an investment than an expense,” Bright said.
Zach Webster, a sales associate for Second Sole Racing, said the typical pair of running shoes or cross-trainers costs about $100.
But Webster said an athlete can’t judge a shoe’s life by its appearance.
“The shoes can still look good aesthetically, but the internal components start to go,” he said.
Brooke Miller, a 19-year-old Ohio State University student who runs half-marathons, said she buys a shoe that has good support, but even that’s not enough.
“I put different insoles in my shoe,” Miller said. “I want to protect my legs as long as I can.”& amp; amp; amp; amp; lt; /p>
Brice Allen, associate head coach of the OSU track team, said he doesn’t take any chances with his distance runners’ footwear.
Six pairs of shoes are pre-ordered for each athlete at the beginning of the season, and the coaches issue the shoes in two pairs. The runners are expected to rotate the pairs so they last longer.
Allen said that with their workouts, the male distance runners average about 50 miles a week and reach their shoes’ mileage limit in five or six weeks.
Injuries caused by worn-out shoes are a risk Allen said he is unwilling to take.
“It’s not worth it for $90,” he said. “It’s better to be in good equipment.”

Botox for Depression? Read a recent study....

Scientists believe Botox could help to treat mental illness
Scientists believe Botox could help to treat mental illness
It has long been recognised for its wrinkle-busting properties. 
Now, scientists believe Botox could also help to treat mental illness.
New research shows that the cosmetic treatment can dramatically improve the symptoms of severe depression in more than a quarter of patients.
Dr Eric Finzi, medical director at the Chevy Chase Cosmetic Centre, in Maryland, has carried out research which suggests that physical expressions of emotion influence our feelings.
For this reason, he believes that smoothing out frown lines using Botox can actually improve the mood of people with clinical depression.
For example, he claims his latest research shows that forcing a frown can cause a depressed mood, while deliberately smiling can temporarily increase happiness.
As American actress Phyllis Diller once said: 'A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.'
This is the second of Dr Finzi’s studies which comes to this conclusion.
He first proposed the theory that by preventing frowning, the toxin is interrupting signals to the brain that indicate the body is under stress or cannot cope.
For the newest study, Dr Finzi worked with 84 people with severe depression that lasted for an average of two years and which had not fully responded to treatment with antidepressants.
The patients all received either Botox treatment to smooth out frown lines, or a placebo injection into the same facial region. They were then assessed three and six weeks later.
By the end of the study, 27 per cent of those receiving Botox reported nearly complete remission of their depression compared to just 7 per cent of those who received the placebo.
Dr Finzi said: ‘This trial shows that inhibition of frowning can lead to remission in depression.’
The researchers suggests that physical expressions of emotion influence our feelings
The researchers suggests that physical expressions of emotion influence our feelings
Botox is a well-known cosmetic treatment for age-related wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. 
However, the powerful toxin also has a wide range of medical applications, and is used to treat stroke victims' muscle spasms, can ease migraine and even helps people with Parkinson's disease control their movements.
It works by 'paralysing' small groups of muscles to prevent them going into spasm or contracting regularly. This stops the surrounding skin from wrinkling.
Scientists have also recently discovered that Botox could help fight cancer by boosting the effects of chemotherapy, speeding up the destruction of tumour cells.
In another experiment, Australian scientists have been trying to establish whether applying Botox gel to the nose could give hay fever sufferers relief from sneezing, itchy eyes and runny noses for up to three months.
It is hoped that the botulinum toxin will affect the nerves in the nose and potentially block some of the chemicals released by the nerve endings which play a large role in causing hay fever symptoms. 
To try and treat the allergy, the Botox molecule has been re-engineered to be able to penetrate through the skin but also through the lining of the nose.
'My life did a 360-degree turnaround': A patient's verdict of Dr Finzi's earlier experiment
In his first study, in 2006, Dr Finzi and his colleague Dr Erika Wasserman recruited ten women aged between 36 and 63 with a medical history of depression.
The average period of depression was 3.5 years, although one patient had been ill for 17 years and had not responded well to conventional treatments.
'Patients who have had their frown lines treated with Botox are perceived by others to be happier'
Seven out of the ten had been on anti-depressants but continued to be dogged by severe depression before taking part in the study.
Each volunteer - none of whom had had Botox before - underwent a thorough assessment by a clinical psychologist before the experiment began.
They were then injected with the toxin and told to report back in two months, when another psychological assessment was carried out.
Using a questionnaire designed to measure the scale of depression, the researchers discovered nine were no longer clinically depressed and the one who still was reported a significant improvement in symptoms.
'Patients who have had their frown lines treated with Botox are perceived by others to be happier,' says Dr Finzi.
One woman with an 11-year history of depression said her life 'did a 360-degree turnaround' after the experiment. She got a new job and rekindled an old romance.
Some of the volunteers were seen again eight months later and their symptoms had returned as the toxin's effects wore off.

Dry skin? Try increasing your Vitamin D

(NaturalNews) One of the major drawbacks of winter is the effect cold, dry weather has on your skin. The good news is, research shows that upping your vitamin D intake could actually help mitigate that problem and keep your skin looking and feeling better.

One recent study by the Johnson and Johnson Skin Research Center found a link between low vitamin D levels and drier skin, "which was subsequently ameliorated by topical application of vitamin D," according to a summary.

Researchers conducted an observational study of two groups of 83 and 61 subjects. In the first part of the study, blood serum levels and skin conductance measurements were taken in the group of 83 participants following a one-week washout period.

"Results showed subjects with lower levels of vitamin D had lower average skin moisture," the summary said.

Sound vitamin D levels mean moister skin, less irritation

From that group, a subset of 61 study participants with insufficient vitamin D serum levels were given a topical ointment containing vitamin D. "Results showed increased skin moisture and improved clinical grading of dry skin," said the summary. Overall, the findings "suggest a relationship between vitamin D3 levels and hydration of" skin.

"Some people use vitamin D for skin conditions including vitiligo, scleroderma, psoriasis, actinic keratosis, and lupus vulgaris," added a summary of vitamin D in general from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

In fact, a number of studies have shown that vitamin D is very crucial in maintaining the correct balance of tissues present in skin. A lack of balance "can lead to wrinkled and parched skin due to disruption in this balancing phenomenon," writes Pratima Sharma for "The relationship between skin balance and vitamin D is a mutually beneficial one. One is responsible for the other, and vice versa."

The skin consists of a special layer designed to convert ultraviolet B radiation from the sun into vitamin D; a lack of sun can hamper this conversion, and in the winter, when it is much more cloudy, that can have a substantial impact on the dryness of your skin.

"Another smart way of treating vitamin D deficiency is by exposing yourself to the sun, optimally," Sharma says. "You need to consider making the most of the morning sun as much as possible."

Boost your 'D' with diet

That said, she and other experts caution that too much exposure to sunlight can also be harmful. Fortunately, besides taking vitamin D capsules and using topical vitamin D-containing lotions, you can obtain much of the supplement in the foods you eat:

-- Catch a plate of salmon. "In addition to providing more than 100 percent of your vitamin D requirements for the day, this fatty fish is chockfull of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help combat dry skin and hair. Other good fish sources containing vitamin D include sardines, cod liver oil and tuna," writes registered dietician Kristin Kirkpatrick, for the Huffington Post. Eggs also contain a healthy dose of vitamin D.

-- Enjoy a glass of sunshine - orange juice. By starting your day off with an eight-ounce glass of fresh, tangy orange juice you can get about one-third of your daily vitamin D requirement. And here's an additional benefit: You get vitamin C as well, which strengthens collagen, an element that is key to slowing the rate of aging of the skin.

-- Grab a cup of yogurt. A regular helping of this tasty food provides about 20 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin D, and comes with the added benefit of being a probiotic food that adds "good" bacteria to your intestinal tract for better digestion and fewer infections.

-- Healthy whole-grain breakfast. Choosing a healthy, whole-grain breakfast cereal to start your day off right can give you a quarter of the daily vitamin D you need, as well as a good dose of fiber, which can help you maintain a better weight. Check the label before you buy and make sure you're getting a cereal fortified with vitamin D.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Fight Dark Spots in Dark Skin

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Melanin, in the simplest terms, is the pigmentation found within our skin that gives it a brown or dark color. And how much melanin you have in your skin determines how you treat it, especially as you age.
Very dark skin, for instance, is prone to sun damage and is more susceptible to developing brown spots from acne. "When you have more pigment in the skin, the melanocytes (cells that make pigment), have a tendency to release the pigment granules upon being injured. Therefore, it is easier to have dark pigment left behind after an injury (such as a burn, scratch or inflammation from acne), says Coral Gables, FL, dermatologist Janelle Vega, MD.  
However, "melasma is the most common affliction for women with ethnic skin," she says. "Many don’t grow up with the idea that they should be wearing sunscreen on a daily basis for sun protection, especially since some have an easier ability to tan and not burn." But the sun doesn’t care what color skin you have, it still wreaks havoc and sun exposure is one of the main influencers of melasma.  
While hyperpigmentation and dark spots are not limited to light skin, many treatments for it are. Some in-office lasers are a great way to help hyperpigmentation for lighter skin, but actually can make dark skin look worse. So if you have a deep skin tone, Dr. Vega says to avoid heavy resurfacing ablative lasers, as they will cause more problems than not.
To prevent melasma, first and foremost, she recommends using a physical sunblock of at least SPF 30 every day. To treat it, medium strength peels including glycolic acid or a very low percent tricyclic acid peel can help break up some of the pigment and allow topical creams at home help to penetrate the skin better. 
If you have post-inflammatory dark spots, IPL (intense pulsed light) can be used with caution, she says. There are also resurfacing treatments that can help. "One of the newest technologies is sublative rejuvenation (eMatrix), which uses radiofrequency technology to tighten the skin and improve the texture and tone of the skin.  It helps to lift the superficial pigment without the risk," she says.
If you are looking to go the cosmeceutical route, there are certain ingredients in over-the-counter skin care products that have been shown to reduce pigment. Look for emblica, kojic acid, licorice and niacinamide, to name a few. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December 2012 Newsletter

I know we're almost halfway through the month, but I wanted to at least get you a quick update out... 
In January, hope to start focusing on some health and beauty topics I thing you'll find interesting each month..

Sei Bella Med Spa

Merry Christmas everyone!
    Hope this letter finds you starting to enjoy the holidays! I'm really looking forward to the family time, but still have some decorating to do and a little more shopping. We have had a very blessed year as a family and as a business! Thank you to all who supported us with your business and especially to those who supported me on the NF Endurance Team as I ran in support of the Children's Tumor Foundation. Although the New York Marathon was cancelled, CTF still received the research funds and we will run next year! Plus, St. Jude reopened their marathon to us this month, so I was able to support two of my favorite charities!
      A few new products to tell you about..... The first two go with our VIPeel. We have the VIDerm bleaching cream that has 4% hydroquinone, plus Vitamins A and C And there is the Ultra A which has 0.1% tretinoin (Retin-A), Vitamin C and Vitamin A. I originally ordered these at a patient's request because they was equivalent to some of the Obagi products and less expensive. They have become very popular. 
      If you like to masque once a week, Bionet has a few new masques that feel and work great. My favorite is the Detoxifying Mint Masque. And FINALLY, Obagi has come out with a moisturizer.....the Hydrate Facial Moisturizer. It's much lighter than their sunscreen and goes well under make up.
     If you're looking for another way to lose weight, remember Qsymia. We have had about 25 people start on it so far and I've seen really good results. Most people have seen 12- 13 lb weight loss with the first prescription. 
     Just a quick newsletter this month, because I know you are all busy. I'll start covering some topics of interest in January.
     Have a wonderful Christmas and God Bless in the New Year!

Anne R Trussell MD
Sei Bella Med Spa

Monday, December 10, 2012

Children's Tumor Foundation!

Drew is just one of the many reasons Lesley Gerke OslicaJennifer Hussey-WelterPete Tanguay and I run on the NF Endurance Team. It's good to see Drew stand up out of that wheelchair! Chad is a great brother who works tirelessly for the Children's Tumor Foundation.
Last Thursday, this happened (see pic), and reaffirmed that miracles DO happen. What it also affirmed is that these things happen because people believe and hope and work and pray and work some more that this dream of fixing something terrible is not a fantasy, but a very real possibility.  

There are no words or enough hours in a year for our family to thank those who have believed with us.  We are truly blessed to be doing this work together, and I know I speak for @[1119870093:2048:Drew], @[4915737:2048:Ben], Mom ( @[1573420877:2048:Fran]), and @[1213721484:2048:Jon] when I say we are grateful for every one of you.  We are not done yet, and we will not stop until there is no more NF, this will be a BIG year! Let's do this!

Last Thursday, this happened (see pic), and reaffirmed that miracles DO happen. What it also affirmed is that these things happen because people believe and hop
e and work and pray and work some more that this dream of fixing something terrible is not a fantasy, but a very real possibility.

There are no words or enough hours in a year for our family to thank those who have believed with us. We are truly blessed to be doing this work together, and I know I speak for DrewBen, Mom ( Fran), and Jon when I say we are grateful for every one of you. We are not done yet, and we will not stop until there is no more NF, this will be a BIG year! Let's do this!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Running Pictures

St. Jude Half Marathon
December 1, 2012

Frozen Feet 5K
 December 8. 2012

Soaring Wings Half Marathon
      October 27, 2012

You all know how much the Children's Tumor Foundation means to me.
Thought I'd share a few pictures of races the NF Endurance Team did this year to raise funds and awareness for NF (neurofibromatosis) research.
Want to say thanks to teammates Pete, Lesley and Jennifer for inspiring me to run and to my wonderful husband Larry for his support of each race and for driving me everywhere.
I've even got him to join the team as a runner for next year!
Thanks to all of you who donated this year!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

come visit our booth at
Dazzle Days
Conway Expo Center (2502 E. Oak Street, Hwy 64E)
Thursday, Nov 5th, 6-9 pm
Friday, Nov 16th, 10 am -9pm
Saturday, Nov 17th, 10 am-4 pm
Specials at our booth:
30% off any facial product including Sonya Dakar, Jan Marini, Obagi and Bionet
PREpay for a VIPeel medical grade facial peel and receive $75 off.
Botox $10/unit  (while supplies last)
The above specials apply ONLY to Dazzle Days shoppers who visit our booth.
Prizes offered by Dazzle Days to benefit Conway Regional projects include: 2013 Ford Mustang Convertible, a Fly Fishing package, laser services, 42" 3D HDTV bundle, furniture gift certificate to Cajun Brothers.
Turn in your receipts from Dazzle Days to be entered for a chance to win multiple other prizes.
Anne R Trussell MD

Monday, October 1, 2012

October Newsletter

Hoping this newsletter finds all of you settled back into the school routine if you have kids. I would ask you if you’re enjoying football season, but if you’re a Hogs fan, unfortunately I already know the answer. On the bright side….Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner and these are always fun times for families.

So what’s new this month?...... Qsymia….. Some of you have heard of it and asked me about it already. It is the new weight loss medication that has hit the market. You can read details about it on
I will be prescribing it under some strict FDA guidelines. Briefly, all new prescriptions and refill prescriptions require an office visit. Office visits are $85 and must be paid at the time of the visit. Strict guidelines regarding birth control must be followed as there is a significant increase in birth defects in women who are pregnant and taking Qsymia. Women who are breast feeding can not take Qsymia. You are responsible for obtaining birth control. Dr. Trussell does not prescribe birth control pills. You must meet BMI criteria to be prescribed Qsymia and you must meet the ongoing weight loss requirements to continue it. You may be required to take a pregnancy test prior to a new or refill prescription of Qsymia. Your cost for the pregnancy test will be $20, must be done in Dr. Trussell’s office and paid for at the time of the visit in addition to the cost of the office visit. If you have struggled with weight, I would encourage you to visit and read more about it. We will be happy to schedule an appointment with Dr. Trussell for you by calling 501-228-6237.

With the holidays coming up, now is a good time to get touch ups on your Botox, Juvederm, and Radiesse. We get very busy closer to the actual holidays and we take time off to allow Dr. Trussell and staff time with their families, so call sooner as opposed to later.

It’s also a great time to think about getting rid of the summer sun damage with a VIPeel and/or IPL. Goodness knows after a trip to the beach this summer, I’ve had mine done!

Also, all of our facial and body products will be 10% off the month of October. This includes Sonya Dakar, Jan Marini, Bionet and Obagi. We have some Arbonne left as well.  Mention you saw this in the newsletter when you check out. The Obagi holiday gift sets are in as well. There is a hard side travelling jewelry box, plus a full size Elastiderm eye cream (reg. $85) and a full size Elastilash (reg. $55) included. All for $100.  We have gift certificates for any amount or service.

Have a wonderful week and we hope to see you soon!

Anne R Trussell MD

Friday, September 21, 2012

IPL Photofacial Groupon ends at midnite tonight!

Ends at midnight, Friday, Sept.21st.

This is a great gift for family and friend, both guys and gals! Treat yourself, too! Groupon will let you buy three Groupons this go around.

Get rid of the summer's sun damage, or those troublesome brown spots. Make your skin look brighter and more even toned.

Go to:

Hurry! We'd love to help you with your skin's youthfulness!

Anne R Trussell MD

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

IPL Groupon!!

IPL photofacial Groupon!
Starting Tuesday, Sept 18th!
Great to diminish or remove the brown spots from sun damage this summer, those "age spots", melasma from pregnancy, birth control pills or hormone therapy.
find the deal starting early on Tuesday at

Friday, August 31, 2012

September Newlsletter

Hi Everybody!
    It's that time again!....School has started; vacations are over; hurricanes are blowing through! And very importantly, it's time to start thinking about your skin. Did you get some sun damage this summer? Did you do a lot of squinting and get some crows feet? Skin dry from the sun and the waves? Let's get your skin back in shape! Do you or your kids have really sensitive skin and have trouble with washing powders? I have a solution for you.
    Most of you should have gotten the email with the product sales on Arbonne and Bionet and the promotion on Sonya Dakar. Those prices and discounts are good while supplies last.
    As you know we love the VIPeel facial peels. They are TCA (trichloracetic acid) based and medical grade. Out of the peels we have used and tried ourselves, Jessner's, lactic, glycolic, etc.,, this is our favorite. It can be used in children down to the age of 12 and on all skin types and ethnicities. Our VIPeel rep, Michelle, visited on Monday and put a couple of their new peels on Sandy and me. I got the VIPeel Precision Plus which is stronger than the basic VIPeel. It is for tough melasma, pigment or sun damage. Besides TCA it also contains retinoic acid, salicylic acid, vitamin C, hydroquinone, and kojic acid. I'm very happy with the results. The sun damage I had show up after our summer vacation is gone! Sandy got the VIPeel Precision. It is great for oily skin, light sun damage and melasma. It can also be used on the hands, arms and chest. There is also a VIAcne Peel now. It treats active acne and scars and can be used on all skin types. Call and schedule your appointment for one. We worked all week, no downtime, and use the post procedure cream included in the take home package for any mild redness or itching. Depending on the peel you get, from the basic to the Precision Plus or Acne Peel Plus, the cost is $300-$400.
    Now for you sensitive skin folks....a washing machine attachment! It's called pureWash. It's environmentally friendly, and uses little or no washing detergent. It installs to your current washing machine and uses ozone to clean your clothes, and kill bacteria and viruses.  pureWash uses cold water and is available for top load or front load washers. I have some brochures at the office. For more info you can also visit Kordsmeier Furniture in Conway. Their web address is .....Phone 501-329-3946. Ray Kordsmeier is the owner and a great guy. He has one at his home. I think the pureWash retails about $400.
     Don't forget to touch up your Botox and get your Juvederm or Radiesse filler. Slip by for a massage, or get rid of some unwanted fat with Lipo-Ex. The results we've gotten with IPL for spider veins and sun damage has been amazing, too. For those of you who haven't gotten one of my "welcome packets" or been in lately, I have two specials on services right now: Get three IPl photofacials, a basic VIPeel and a bottle of cellular turnover treatment for $350 (regularly $600). This is a great to tackle pigment and sun damage in more than one way. The other special is 20 units of Botox and a basic VIPeel for $300 (regularly $580).
     And finally, the New York marathon is November 4th, barely 2 months away. I will be running it with 3 other members of the NF Endurance Team to raise money and awareness for neurofibromatosis and the research of the Children's Tumor Foundation. If you would like to read about my NF Hero, Austin (he's 7 and a really cutie), go to my NF NY marathon page at . While there, please think about making a donation by clicking on "Give Now" in the upper right hand corner. more thing. Raffle tickets are still available...$1 or check; mail or come by...prizes 20 units of Botox, a silk Su Shan robe or 2 massages. Plan to draw Oct 1st, sooner if I sell all the tickets before then. ALL proceeds go to the Children's Tumor Foundation.
     Have a great month and let us know what we can do for you. I love hearing from you!

Anne R Trussell MD

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Spider Vein Groupon!

Starting,  Monday,  August 13th!
IPL spider vein treatments!
I've been getting more spider veins lately while training for the New York Marathon and Sandy has been zapping mine. Usually takes three or four treatments to get rid of them.
If you haven't signed up for Groupon yet, go to It's fast, easy and free!
We look forward to seeing you!
Anne R. Trussell MD
Sei Bella Med Spa

Thursday, August 9, 2012

New Raffle!!

New raffle tickets!! ALL proceeds go to The Children's Foundation. Dr. Trussell is running the New York Marathon with the NF Endurance Team on November 4th to raise money and awareness for neurofibromatosis research. This is a terrible nervous system disease for which there is no cure. Dr. Trussell has friends and colleagues with affected family members.

Tickets are $1 each. Three prizes.....2 massages by our wonderful massage therapist, Teresa Smith, MS, LMT;   a Su Shan silk robe provided by Susan Williamson; and 20 units of Botox.provided by Sei Bella Med Spa

You can read more more about neurofibromatosis at
You can see other things Susan has to offer at
Teresa's website is

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August NewsLetter

Hi Everyone!
   I can not believe it's the first of August! 2012 is more than 1/2 over! And it isn't feeling much like Fall out there. Not sure what your kids and grandkids think about school starting back, but I bet you're ready (unless maybe you're a teacher)!
   On August 15th we're having a Sonya Dakar and Botox Event at Wired! Karla Larson, the owner, has generously offered us her very nice and very convenient space. Wired! is located at 400 N. Bowman in Little Rock. From 3:30-6:30 pm, we will gather for food, fun, drinks, and Botox. Most importantly, our Sonya Dakar rep from Texas will be there to talk to you about this wonderful line of facial products I've used for the last 6 years. She has free samples for the attendees and I'll be offering Botox and Sonya Dakar for a discount that night. So come join us at this drop in.  Karla will be there as well to answer any questions you may have about IT support. Wired! is a complete IT management company started in 1991. They also have a security department that designs and installs IP security camera systems. Karla was very helpful to me when I started Sei Bella Med Spa.
   It's also time to vote for the best beauty products and services in Central Arkansas. Winners will be featured in the 2012/2013 Little Rock Beauty Black Book. This will be included in a future issue of Soiree and Arkansas bride. Go to the following link to cast your votes by August 8th!......  They are having a drawing for a $250 gift certificate.
   94 days until the New York marathon! Four of us on the Arkansas NF Endurance Team are running it to raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation and to increase awareness of neurofibromatosis. This is a terrible genetic disease that causes tumors to grow throughout the nervous system, including in the brain. Some tumors become cancerous. Advances in research over the last decade have helped not only neurofibromatosis patients, but also the entire community especially those with brain tumors. If you would like to make a donation, click on my New York Marathon webpage at the following link......... learn more about the NF spectrum of diseases go to
    I'm looking forward to a new procedure we're planning to offer this fall....PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections. I'll give you exact details closer to time, but PRP injection is done just like filler injections, such as Juvederm and Radiesse. We will first draw your blood, spin it down, then inject it in all the places we inject fillers, and also in the hollow areas under the eyes, sunken in cheeks, etc. Your own plasma that is injected contains stem cells and growth factors so you can build your own collagen. It's very exciting, so look for more info in an upcoming newsletter......
   Enjoy the rest of the summer if you can stand the heat. Let us know what we can do for you......


Anne R Trussell MD
Sei Bella Med Spa

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Living Social, Botox deal July 16th

A quick note to let you know Sei Bella Med Spa will have a Living Social deal for Botox starting on Monday July 16th. If you are not already subscribed to Living Social go to and sign up. It's quick, free and easy. This is the first time I've done a Living Social Deal. I've always done Groupons in the past, so you'll have to let me know what you think about it.
Botox is one of the safest, cheapest things you can do to take years off your face. The results usually last 3-4 months. We can smooth out forehead lines, frown lines, crows feet, and those annoying lines around your mouth that cause your lipstick to track upwards toward your nose!
If you've never had Botox before, this is an excellent way to try it out. For you pros, buy it and bank it with us if you don't need it right now. As long as you redeem that certificate before the expiration date, your units are good forever.
One last thing, I'm considering a Botox/Radiesse/Juvederm/Sonya Dakar party.
Everything would be discounted for attendees. What I need is a nice, convenient place in Little Rock to have it where we can spread out just a little. If you know somewhere that would be nice, convenient, and very inexpensive, let me know.
Thanks and get your Botox at on Monday July 16th.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July Newsletter

Happy 4th of July! Hope all of you have a great holiday! I know the firework displays have been dampened this year, but I suppose the holiday is about celebrating our freedom anyway.

Just a reminder to PLEASE wear sunscreen. Skin cancer has increased exponentially over the last couple decades from both sun exposure and tanning beds. There is a short post about the new FDA requirements for sunscreen. They must have UVA and UVB protection. 

If you use tretinoin (Retin-A, Renova), you may want to consider switching to retinol over the summer. Both are Vitamin A derivatives, but tretinoin is much stronger and makes you extremely sun sensitive. I use the Young Pharmaceuticals Retinol 50 solution. The jar holds 60 pads which lasts two months. It retails for $52. You use one pad on your face and neck each night. No peeling and no burning when you go out in the sun. Retinol 50 helps with fine lines, and evens out your skin tone, too.

The raffle we did went very well! I raised $1037 for the Children's Tumor Foundation.  You can see a picture from the party at Solemates on Facebook at    While you're there "Like" us. Congratulations to our raffle winners: Erin Davis, Kay Parda, and Diane Jones. I'm running the New York Marathon Nov 4th with the NF Endurance Team. If you still want to offer support to find a cure for neurofibromatosis, you can make a donation at  

I'm going to send out a separate email about my new Berkeley HeartLab Living4myheart program. In the future I'm going to be focusing the medical part of my practice on cardiac wellness. This program utilizes genetic testing and biomarkers to determine the need for cholesterol medications, specific nutritional needs, and tells me your risk of heart disease and stroke and if you are at risk for other problems that need to be screened for. So watch for that.

Have a fun, safe, and relaxing 4th! As always let us know how we can you relax, renew and rejuvenate!

Anne R Trussell MD
Sei Bella Med Spa

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Head To Toes Party!

Just a reminder:
     Head To Toes Party... Thursday night, June 14th, 6-9pm.... at Solemates located in the Pleasant Ridge shopping center 11525 Cantrell.
      Drawing for the raffle is at 8 pm. You can buy tickets up until that time. ALL proceeds go to the Children's Tumor Foundation and is a fundraiser I'm doing as part of the NF Endurance Team. We are running the New York marathon on November 4th. Prizes are a Lipo-Ex mini-package, 20 units of Botox and a Sonya Dakar facial.
       Sandy and I will be doing Botox for $10/unit. (no Groupons). We will also have our VIPeel medical grade facial peels for $150 (regularly $300). I will bring the remaining Tanda clear and luxe kits as well and they will be on sale for $200 (regularly $288). These are for acne treatment and collagen stimulation so the whole family can use it! We'll also bring a few of our most popular facial products and have those at a 10% discount on those tomorrow night.
       Shelly Arnold, who owns Solemates, will have her newest shoes on display and offers a discount the night of a party. Plus she has some really cool accessories, personalized embroidery, Margie's Corner, and crystal designs.
       We will have wine and hors d'houevres waiting on you, so come hang out with us for awhile! I'd love to visit with you, which I don't always get to do when you're at Sei Bella.
Anne R Trussell MD
Sei Bella Med Spa

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

June Newsletter

Hi Everyone!
   Hope you had a wonderful Meomorial Day weekend! We spent time with friends and family, swam, ate, ran, played games and just enjoyed the three day weekend. We also gave thanks for our military, past and present, who protect our freedom. Our country may not be perfect at times, but at least we have the ability to speak up, speak out and vote differently when we want change.
   On June 14th, we are having another Head to Toes Party at Solemates. That's also when we will have our raffle drawing. For those new to the newsletter, Solemates is at 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 203, Little Rock. It's in the Pleasant Ridge shopping center.
The Head to Toes Parties we've done in the past have been lots of fun, so by popular demand, we're doing another. Shelly will have a discount on shoes that night, and we will have facial peels for $150. That's half price for that night only. I will also have Botox available for $10/unit. It is regularly $14/unit. Groupons can NOT be redeemed that night, nor may you use banked units that night either. It would be next to impossible to haul all the charts out there to keep up with that. Shelly aslo has some new things at the store...there is "Margie's Corner" with some cute little girl clothes, plus she has custom embroidery, purses, and crystal designs. We'll have hors d'oeuvres and wine and other beverages. It starts at 6pm and we are usually there until about 9pm. Come hang out with us for awhile!
     And the raffle tickets are still available until that night. The prizes include a Lipo-Ex mini package, 20 units of Botox and a Sonya Dakar fitness facial. Tickets are $1 each, $5 for 6 or $20 for 25 tickets. You may purchase yours at the office, call the office with a credit card, mail me a check, or you can purchase that night until we draw at 8 pm. ALL monies from raffle ticket sales go to the Children's Tumor Foundation. As a member of the NF Endurance Team, five of us are running the New York Marathon on November 4th to raise funds and awareness of neurofibromatosis. For info on NF visit  If you don't want raffle tickets but you want to make a donation, you can go to my website at
       I am posting more info on my blog lately at The last post is how to prevent and treat those nagging neck wrinkles and saggy skin. I though I would briefly talk about eyes in this newsletter.
     First lashes....We ladies want them long and beautiful. There are lash extensions, but I personally don't have time for a fill every two weeks. I love Latisse and use it about three times a week. Alone, it makes my lashes long, but thin. On the other days I like Marini Lash which is full of peptides to improve the thickness. Obagi's Elastilash is nice, too.
     Second.......we all hate the wrinkles. Nothing is better than Botox or Xeomin for those crows feet. Just give in and do it. For maintenance, my favorite is Obagi's Elastidem. I put it in the corners of my eyes and smooth it all the way out to my temple. I've use it for years, and at 46, I've never had to have Botox for crows feet! Sonya Dakar and Bionet also have some great products you can ask us about.
    Third......puffiness. The main reason for darkness and  puffiness is lack of sleep and seasonal allergies. So, get more sleep and take your antihistmines. On top of that, Obagi has an Elastiderm Complete Eye Complex. It's a tube with a little roller ball you rub under your eyes that contains caffeine, moisturizers and is very cooling as well.
    Fourth....droopy, saggy lids. A lid lift, or blepharoplasty, is the ultimate treatment. All the things I mentioned above will help delay the need for that. One common misconception is that Botox can be used to treat this. Botox will lift your eyebrows. Even though it is called a lid lift, Botox WILL NOT lift that saggy, excess skin. In fact, it could actually make it look worse.
    And a couple easy things....don't rub your eyes really hard, do wear sunscreen, and  do wear sunglasses so you don't squint and make those wrinkles form.
     Until next month, enjoy the summer. Come see us at Solemates on June 14th, and don't forget your raffle tickets!

Anne R Trussell MD

Friday, May 25, 2012

Let's Talk About Neck Wrinkles

Everyone I see asks me about neck wrinkles and/or sagging skin on the neck.....What to do?.....

The "gold standard" is a neck lift. If you're not ready for that or can't stand the thought of going under the knife, here are some other options. one treatment is going to fix the problem and  it won't happen overnite. The following tips are good advice on how to help correct AND prevent.

1. Put sunscreen on your neck EVERYDAY. Spring, summer, winter and fall! Sonya Dakar has a new face sunscreen. It's called Microvenom Daily Defense and is SPF 30. It meets the new FDA guidelines for UVA and UVB protection. It is infused with artificial snake venom and apple stem cells to firm and tighten the skin. Since you're going to wear sunscreen everyday, you might as well get those added benefits. It retails for $45 and lasts a long time. 

2. Hydrate your skin. Your neck will need a richer moisturizer than your face. Use it twice a day. EVERYDAY. We've got several at Sei Bella that I like and they aren't expensive.

3. Use an anti-wrinkle cream on your neck EVERY night. If you're like me, you're already putting one on your face so just run your hands down your neck with the same cream. I prefer the Jan Marini age intervention line.

4. Tretinoin......Comes as a 0.025%, .05%, or .1% concentration. Names  you may be familiar with incliude  Retin-A, Tazorac, or Renova. It is one of the best things on the market to stimulate cell turnover and diminish wrinkles. You have to acclimate to it and you may have some peeling at first.You will be more sun sensitive in the areas you apply it so you only use it a night and you have to put sunscreen on EVERYDAY. We have all three strengths at Sei Bella. They are $66, $76 or $86 depending on strength.

5. Consider Microdermabrasion. This procedure buffs away the top layers of skin to reveal fresher, younger-looking skin below. There really isn't any downtime. You may need a series of treatments a few months apart. Remember, I said the wrinkly, saggy neck won't be fixed overnite. Each session is around $75.

6. Drink 64-84 oz of water EVERYDAY. Don't like water? Then pop some Arbonne fizzy tablets in there. We have pomegranate, and citrus flavors at Sei Bella. You MUST stay hydrated. EVERYDAY.

7. Eat raw fruits and veggies. Lay off the processed food. Your skin needs the Vitamins A, C, E and K that are in fresh foods. Plus your waist, thighs and hips will thank you for getting off the processed food.

8. Keep your chin up! If you hang your head down toward your chest all the time, you are going to form permanent creases.  Besides, it's bad posture and your neck doesn't like the strain of being pulled down all the time. Elevate your computer screen. Prop your elbows on pillows when you read. Don't sleep on so many pillows that keep your neck bent.

9. Other non surgical procedures.....Lipo-Ex which is covered extensively on my webpage and other areas on this blog. It's painless, needless and requires no anesthesia. It stimulates collagen production and helps with volume loss as well if your neck is a little thicker than you would like. We also have DermaFrac which you can read about on my website as well. It injects collagen building peptides between the dermis and epidermis layers of the skin. There is no bleeding, no bruising and no pain. Finally, there is IPL (intense pulsed light). This type of laser can remove the sun damage and age spots from your neck and overtime helps regenerate collagen.

As you can see there are many things available to help with the wrinkly, saggy neck, but as I stressed above, you MUST be consistent and do what you can EVERYDAY. Give us a call and let us help you....